Irma’s Southwest Grill is making moves in downtown Houston. Construction is just beginning on a new location for the restaurant on the ground floor retail space of luxury apartment tower Catalyst Houston, as reported by US Builder Review and confirmed by the Houston Business Journal.
Irma’s Southwest Grill is currently located in the Great Southwest Building across the street from the Catalyst. Manager Louis Galvan tells Eater that the new location at the Catalyst will have a more upscale “Texas chic” feel, with an 80-seat lounge, 200-seat dining room, and glass-enclosed private room.
There’s going to be a full-blown Mexican breakfast on Saturday mornings, a cocktail program, and a continued emphasis on dishes featuring Texas wild game. But Galvan tells Eater that the Mexican menu will stay true to the dishes his mom, Houston culinary bigwig Irma Galvan, has been making since the ‘70s.
Galvan says the buildout for the new space will take about six months, with a slated opening date of late fall 2017. This is still in the works, but as for the current Irma’s Southwest Grill, Galvan is considering switching that over to a burger or diner concept. A name change to Irma's on Texas Avenue might be in the works too. Stay tuned.